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oldscout

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     It's The soldier[marine,sailor,airmen& coast guard included]

   It is the soldier,not the minister
  Who has given us freedom of religion

   It is the soldier,not the reporter
  Who has given us freedom of press

   It is the soldier,not the poet
  Who has given us freedom of speech

   It is the soldier,not the community organizer
  Who has given us freedom to protest

   It is the soldier,not the lawyer
  Who has given us the right to a fair trial

   It is the soldier,not the politician
  Who has given us the right to vote

   It is the soldier who salutes the flag,
       Who serves beneath the flag,
   And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
   Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

[copyright charles m.province,1970 & 2005]

God be with our soldiers & especially those at Ft.hood.




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God bless our military, past and present as well as all of their families who have also sacrificed for this great nation! Thank you is not enough, but it is what I can say here. And Thank You Old Scout for sharing the poem!


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Today and every other day, we owe a debt of gratitude to all of our veterans, past and present.

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In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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We Choose this Life.  We know the risks, we know the dangers...but we serve by Choice.  It isn't that we enjoy the conflict.  We don't wake up in the morning hoping for another battle, another fight.  Sadly, that choice is rarely in our hands.  But as they say, that's the Job...and each one of these Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen accepted the job at face value.  They knew the rewards, they knew the risks.  The names are a testament to the devotion and sacrifice of many brave men and women.  Some were taken from us years ago.  Some of them left us just last week.  Still they served...and they sacrificed...as true Americans.  Even as we remember and mourn, I still believe this:  We can build a thousand memorials; make a thousand tributes to our fallen...but the best way to honor them is to continue the work they gave their lives for.  Treasure what you have in your life, and remember those who helped keep that safe for you. 

I owe a debt of thanks to my Gramps who fought his way through the hedges of France, and the Ardennes Forest in Belgium to the Rhine and into the heart of Germany.  We owe the 3rd Army our eternal gratitude.

I owe my father a debt of thanks for ferrying SEALs and Marines in and out of Vietnam and never leaving a man behind.  HELO pilots like this got Squids and Leathernecks back to their families.

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Originally Posted by PatGillickProtege
We Choose this Life.  We know the risks, we know the dangers...but we serve by Choice.  It isn't that we enjoy the conflict.  We don't wake up in the morning hoping for another battle, another fight.  Sadly, that choice is rarely in our hands.  But as they say, that's the Job...and each one of these Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen accepted the job at face value.  They knew the rewards, they knew the risks.  The names are a testament to the devotion and sacrifice of many brave men and women.  Some were taken from us years ago.  Some of us left us just last week.  Still they served...and they sacrificed...as true Americans.  Even as we remember and mourn, I still believe this:  We can build a thousand memorials; make a thousand tributes to our fallen...but the best way to honor them is to continue the work they gave their lives for.  Treasure what you have in your life, and remember those who helped keep that safe for you. 

I owe a debt of thanks to my Gramps who fought his way through the hedges of France, and the Ardennes Forest in Belgium to the Rhine and into the heart of Germany.  We owe the 3rd Army our eternal gratitude.

I owe my father a debt of thanks for ferrying SEALs and Marines in and out of Vietnam and never leaving a man behind.  HELO pilots like this got Squids and Leathernecks back to their families.
What a wonderful  post,my thanks to your gramps & dad for their service.

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Oldscout - I served also for 2 years in the Silent Service but mine was not during wartime so I don't count.  Thank you for your kind words.


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We must be careful not to romanticize war. War is mankind at his worst, yet it is a time dotted with amazing acts of nobility and bravery. To all those who have given service to our nation in its military and helped to keep our freedoms alive, a hearty "Thank you". To those military people who made the ultimate sacrifice, we mourn you.
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A Sincere Thank You to all of you who have served or are serving the USA!

I put a thread In College Softball because I felt it was deserved!

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